The Eagles and Allies Have Landed

White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) by Margaret Sloan

Finally, the Eagles and Allies have arrived and landed back on their Family Page. The Accipitridae – Kites, Hawks and Eagles family album has been giving me a fit. As you know from the last two post, An Apology, Plus Much Work At Hand and Rounding Up Those Eagles and Allies, I have been trying to fix 111 broken links on the page that lists the whole Accipitridae family.

WordPress is a great Blogging provider, yet, there are times a blogger feels like pulling their feathers (hair) out. After searching the forums and the internet for possible answers, there doesn’t seem to be a clear answer as to how 111 photos disappeared from the Media area. Many were downloaded back in 2011 through 2016, and have been working fine.

Life is like this at times. Problems arise out of nowhere, yet, how we handle them, is a test of our character. Thankfully, we have the Lord to lean on when we need wisdom. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7 KJV)

Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malayensis) ©WikiC

Not so sure my “faith” is being tested, but the following verses are always a comfort when I am faced with challenges. Also, maybe, I am being challenged to review and rework parts of Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures. It is coming upon 10 years old after the New Year, and often items need to be repaired and painted. Even the birds go through a renewing of their feathers. Praying for the Lord’s wisdom on this issue.

“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:3-5 KJV)

What else is there to show you today, but some of the rest of the birds that returned. Thankfully, most of the Family pages do not have such enormous clans of relatives.

Shelly and the Sand Castle

Common Gull (Larus canus) by Robert Scanlon

Common Gull (Larus canus) by Robert Scanlon

Shelly and the Sand Castle by Emma Foster

One day a seagull named Shelly decided that she should fly to the beach to lay her very first egg. Shelly had previously been living near a seaside port beside a large white beach, but she felt it was not the proper place to lay an egg, especially when it was going to be her very first one. Leaving the nest that she had built on top of a pole, Shelly flew across the beach onto a giant rock.

After resting on top of the rock, Shelly surveyed the beach, searching for sticks and dirt with which to build her nest. Looking around, however, Shelly noticed that there were several children building houses out of sand. Thinking that it was a wonderful idea, Shelly promptly decided to build her first nest out of sand.

Children Building Sandcastle -©Pixabay

Flying near the waves, Shelly scooped up some wet sand with her beak until she made a small pile. She spent a few minutes trying to figure out how to get all of the sand on top of the rock. Fortunately, after glancing around, Shelly found a small plastic shovel that no one was currently using. She had seen a few children use a shovel to help them scoop up sand, so Shelly knew how to use it.

Kids Building Sand Castle ©Pinterest

“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:” (Matthew 7:26 NKJV)

After shovelling enough sand onto the rock, Shelly dropped the shovel and began meshing the sand together in a big pile, finally sitting on it so when she hatched her egg it wouldn’t fall out.

Shelly’s egg hatched a few days later. She was so excited she quickly found some food to celebrate then came back to her egg. While she was on the hunt for some food, storm clouds gathered and rain began to sprinkle. Quickly flying back to her nest, Shelly was horrified to find that her nest had dissolved and her egg was gone.

Shelly frantically began her search in the sand, but the rain began beating down so hard that Shelly was forced to stop her search and find shelter. When the rain subsided, Shelly tried to search some more, but was so anxious that she completely forgot which rock she had nested on.

Shelly searched the beach until it was too dark to see anything. Finally she had to rest in some shrubbery until morning, though she barely slept because she was so worried.

Mew Gull (Larus canus) by Daves BirdingPix

Mew Gull (Larus canus) by Daves BirdingPix

The next day was bright and sunny, and at once Shelly began her search. She noticed that there were many more people at the beach than yesterday, which made her even more worried. Shelly flew around in circles, trying to spot her egg and hoping that it hadn’t washed away into the sea.

As Shelly flew closer to the ground, she noticed a group of children building a sand castle. One of the children scooped a huge pile of sand, and Shelly could see a huge lump in the sand. When the child put the clump of sand onto the sand castle, the egg rolled down.

Seagull carrying egg to safety

Shelly swooped down and snatched her egg out of the sand with her mouth. She flew away happily, even though she could hear the children screaming and laughing behind her. Thankful that her egg was safe, Shelly immediately decided to build a nest made out of twigs and branches like the other birds. From then on, whenever Shelly hatched an egg, she made sure that her egg was hatched in a proper nest instead of in the sand.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”  (Matthew 7:24-27 NKJV)


Another great story by Emma. Thank you again for reminding us to heed wise instructions.

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Lee’s Five Word Friday – 6/9/17

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Wood Stork Stealing Young Alligator's Food at Gatorland by Lee

WHEREFORE BE YE NOT UNWISE

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Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17 KJV)

Wood Stork Stealing Young Alligator’s Food at Gatorland by Lee

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Lee’s One Word Monday – 2/22/16

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WISDOM

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If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5 NKJV)

Crow on Eagle’s Back ©©

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